Wisdom Women

Prayer for a new stage in life:

Time and space are not independent of one another. Laudato Si

Happy New Year – 2019 Loving God, unseen Companion of our life, give us faith and eager expectancy as we begin this fresh stage of our journey. Take from us all fear of the unknown and teach us to wrest treasures from darknessand difficulties. As the days come and go, may we find that each one is laden with happyopportunities and enriching experience: and when this year reaches its completion,may our best hopes be more than ever fulfilled.Amen – Janet Erskine Stuart. RSCJ

125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand

Kate Sheppard

2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/keyword/kate-sheppard

Feast of Philippine Duschesne

St Philippine Duchesne conquered obstacles

There are no difficulties except for those who worry about tomorrow. – Philippine Duchesne

Wise Words for Today

The sea is calmer and more beautiful after a storm. Sophie Barat

“It is certainly a gift to know how to arrange one’s time and use it well.” Madeleine Sophie Barat

25th May Reflection

Feast of St Madeleine Sophie Barat

Feast of St Madeleine Sophie Barat “Madeleine Sophie wanted each person to become aware of truth, of love and of freedom. Educating for compassion, awakening compassion in children, adolescents and adults: this is our duty and our mission.” Helen McLaughlan, RSCJ

St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s Feast Day

Stories of Sophie from the early days in Brisbane.

One hundred years ago the first RSCJ arrived in Brisbane at the invitation of Archbishop Duhig. They spent the first three years in the suburb of Annerley where the Archbishop had asked them to open a Primary School while they looked for a site for their future Boarding School. One of the foundresses, Mother Kathleen O’Donovan, had a great devotion to Sophie whom she had come to love in the year she spent teaching English in Marseilles where memories of Sophie were really alive. Each month from the 15th to the 25th Mother O’Donovan made a novena to Sophie, who she said, granted her many favours. After her arrival at

Philippine Duchesne – 200 years Crossing Frontiers

Philippine Duchesne – 200 years Crossing Frontiers

Society of the Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum 2017 Philippine Duchesne: Celebrating Her Life and Legacy July 12-16, 2017 Featured Speakers: Catherine Mooney Lives That Matter: Philippine Duchesne and Solidarity Across Frontiers Gerardette Philips RSCJ Crossing Religious Frontiers: Discovering Anew the Interior Life Priscilla Solomon CSJ All My Relations: Circle of Life To register and/or get more information, click here.

2 April Reflection Quote

"How very dear to Our Lord is one who can say from the bottom of her heart; 'Lord,indeed you are good; I love whatever you want.' Such a soul is his beloved." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter 18 to Philippine Duchesne, 1807. (background photo of joined hands)

When we experience union with the Heart of Jesus, we want whatever he wants. – have you ever had the kind of experience that St Madeleine Sophie Barat describes? – where and when have you had a strong sense of God’s goodness? – what helps you to be free enough to want whatever God wants?

20 March Reflection Quote

"Courage... now is the time to say to yourself: 'I will take the risk, I will make the act of blind trust'." Janet Stuart, Letter quoted in The Inward Life, p 34.

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ knew what it is to take a risk. She encourages us to take the risk of placing all our trust in God. – where in your life do you need courage right now? – is it easy for you to place all your trust in God or does it feel like a risk? – can you recall a moment in your life that required a leap of faith?

19 March Reflection Quote

"let us keep on praying and especially growing holy; that's what I call the marrow of prayer." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter 33 to Anna de Rousier, 1839.

Growing closer to God is at the center of prayer for St Madeleine Sophie Barat. – What do you believe ‘growing holy’ means? – What might St Madeleine Sophie Barat have meant by these words? – When you find prayer difficult, what helps you to persist?

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